Atlanta - 000 000 000 - 0 9 1 Red Sox - 011 001 10x - 4 12 0Led by John Lackey (6-8-0-0-9, 105), the Red Sox extended their season-best winning streak to three games.
Xander Bogaerts reached base four times, with two singles, a double, and a walk; he also scored a run. Jonny Gomes singled twice, walked, scored, and drove in a run. Jackie Bradley and A.J. Pierzynski each had two hits and one RBI. Grady Sizemore singled and walked twice.
2nd inning: Gomes reached second base on an infield single and shortstop Ramiro Pena's throwing error. A wild pitch sent him to third, and after Sizemore walked, Gomes scored when Daniel Nava grounded into a double play.
3rd inning: Bogaerts raced to second when his one-out fly ball fell between center fielder B.J. Upton and second baseman Tommy La Stella for a double. After Dustin Pedroia struck out, David Ortiz singled and Bogaerts went to third. Pierzynski's groundball single to center made it 2-0.
6th inning: Facing reliever Alex Wood, Gomes walked and Sizemore singled. After pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway flied to left, Bradley whacked an opposite-field double to left, scoring Gomes.
7th inning: Pedroia singled. He went to second on Ortiz's groundout to first and to third on Pierzynski's soft single to right. Gomes brought Pedroia home with a line drive single to left.
Lackey retired Atlanta in order only once, but he scattered eight hits and did not walk anyone. He left the game with two on and one out in the seventh. Chris Capuano retired Jason Heyward for the second out, but walked B.J. Upton on four pitches to load the bases. With Boston up 3-0, Freddie Freeman represented the go-ahead run at the plate. He got ahead in the count 3-1, but ended up grounding a full-count pitch to Pedroia, and Atlanta stranded three men.
Junichi Tazawa pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, striking out two. Craig Breslow took the ninth, allowing a leadoff single, but sending the next three batters to the bench on two fly balls and an infield popup.
The Red Sox will try for a four-game sweep of Atlanta tomorrow night before the Rays come to town for the weekend.
Holt, 3BThe Red Sox will honour and celebrate the 2004 World Champions before tonight's game. Nearly every player who played during that memorable season will be at Fenway Park. ... Obligatory Note: If you haven't ordered your copy of "Don't Let Us Win Tonight", do it now!
Don't Read This: The headline over Ron Borges's idiotic column in the Herald reads: "All's Not Well Since 2004 Red Sox". In case you are wondering, the numbers "2007" and/or "2013" do not appear at all in the column. Borges talks about a "new curse", too. (Of course, he does.) Writers like Borges remain divorced from all reality, unwilling to acknowledge what the Red Sox have accomplished in the last 10 years; they are wholly addicted to gloom and doom.